The long wait ends:Kenyan Welcomes the world in a colorful opening ceremony,WU18 Nrb


The opening ceremony for the tenth edition of IAAF World U-18 Championships was presided over by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyattaat Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on today.

The ceremony was short and crisp without any elaborate display as always witnessed in other global events like the world championships, Fifa World Cup and the Olympics.

The 30 minutes opening ceremony commenced at 4.30pm with belting of the national anthem and that of the East Africa Legislative Assembly by the state band.

This was followed by a colorful march by hundreds of school pupils from the stadium's main entrance into the arena while displaying and waving flags of the 131 participating countries.

Championships patron and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta stole the show while flanked by former and current world beaters including world 800m record holder David Rudisha, World Javelin Champion Julius Yego and former world cross country champion Douglas Wakiihuri.

Others were former Olympics steeplechase champion Julius Kariuki, former national hurdle ace Rose Tata Muya, Olympics marathon silver medalist Catherine Ndereba, IOC Peace Ambassador Tecla Lorupe and former world 3000m silver medalist Mercy Cherono among others.

The First Lady had a brief jog with her contingent on the newly refurbished track before she officially welcomed the President to take charge of the celebrations.

The crowd waved miniature Kenyan flags as the President embarked on his speech that gave fans a reprieve by declaring the five day championships free for all.

"I declare that the event will be free for all, let Kenyans come and watch these global championships as it unfolds in our beloved country," Uhuru said.

In his speech, the President said sports is an integral part of our society that is making Kenya a key pillar in the international games.

"Personally, I want to thank the IAAF for giving Kenya the rare opportunity to host this global event .The event provides a unique platform to unearth new talent and develop future champions," Uhuru said while adding that Kenya is committed to clean and ethical sport practices.

"This Championship is not only about winning but building new networks and furthering your horizons,"Uhuru said.

Moi international sports Center, Kasarani already buzzing with athletes and officials


IAAF Chief Executive Officer Olivier Gers, who is in Nairobi thanked the Local Organising Committee of the World Under 18 Championships once again and said he hoped that fans will give athletes the loudest cheers at the Moi International Sports Centre, located in the northern city suburbs during the event between wednesday and sunday.

Mr.Olivier had earlier made a two-day site visit of MISC, Kasarani and the Athletes’ Village in nearby Kenyatta University, the International Association of Athletics
After a slight delay to the installation of the new synthetic track at the competition stadium while the material was stuck in customs, work is now complete and the LOC is confident the tracks is ready for the championships.

Gers said Kenya should be proud to have a facility like Kasarani adding : “To have a vibrant, modern equipped stadium that can be re-used in future championships is quite critical,” reacting to a plea by the LOC that the IAAF should in future award hosting rights of even bigger championships to new destination such as Kenya.

Rooney debut match to be against Gor in Dar es Salaam Tanzania as he re-joins with Everton


Wayne Rooney could make his return to Everton match action in Thursday's Tanzania friendly game.

The Blues fly to Eastern Africa on Tuesday evening ahead of the friendly with Gor Mahia in Dar es Salaam.

After Rooney's return to the Toffees on a two-year deal was officially confirmed today, he is expected to fly with Ronald Koeman and the squad for the the fixture, arranged by new sponsors SportPesa.

The 31-year-old should be at a similar fitness level as the players who returned to Finch Farm this week. He was not involved in England's post-season friendlies, though his 2016/17 campaign ended three days after Everton's due to the Europa League final.
His presence in Tanzania would undoubtedly create a huge extra layer of intrigue and interest.
Everton had scheduled a pre-season friendly in the east African nation of Tanzania, and on Friday announced they will be playing Gor Mahia FC.
Gor Mahia - who are Kenya's most successful club, winning the national league a record 15 times - won a cup played between African sides, earning them the right to take on the Premier League team.
They beat fellow Kenyan team AFC Leopards 3-0 with second-half goals from Timothy Otieno, Oliver Maloba and John Ndirangu.
They will now play Ronald Koeman's men at the 60,000-seater Tanzania National Stadium on July 13 - with the big question now whether they will be playing a team featuring Rooney or not.
It is a far cry from who Rooney faced in his first Everton debut in August 2002, when he played 67 minutes of a Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur.
His Manchester United debut was truly remarkable - he scored a hat-trick in a 6-2 Champions League thumping of Fenerbahce.

The official IAAF pre-competion press conference, Wu18 Championship Nairobi 2017


Some of the world’s leading teenage athletes joined IAAF President Sebastian Coe and local dignitaries at the official pre-competition press conference on Today, the eve of the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017.

More than 800 athletes from 131 countries, as well as an athlete refugee team (ART), have assembled in the Kenyan capital for what will be the final edition of the global championships for athletes in the U18 age group. The championships will take place from 12-16 July.

This is a very big moment in the history of Kenyan athletics,” said Coe. “So much of my career as an athlete was defined by great races and great competitions with Kenyan athletes. Kenyan athletes have made a huge mark on global sport, way before I become a senior international athlete. Your history is our history; our history is your history.

“To have a World Championships here is very important. To the 800 athletes and 130 countries that are here, thank you. And, of course, I’d like to thank the organising committee in bringing this event to fruition.

“These championships are an extraordinary opportunity to watch talent and champions of the future,” added Coe. “It is through these championships that Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix and other greats have emerged. There’s no reason why we won’t see more jewels of the future throughout this week.

“Being here is not a sacrifice; it is a labour of love to be witnessing athletics in a nation that has made such an extraordinary contribution to the history of our sport.”

Sports Pesa Supercup:Gor Books a date with Everton after winnning the SPesa Supercup


It is official. Kenyan Premier League’s most successful club, Gor Mahia, will battle English Premier League side Everton on July 13 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

K’Ogalo booked the date after beating eternal rivals AFC Leopards 3-0 in the SportPesa Super Cup final at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

The victory earned Gor Mahia Sh3 million for emerging the inaugural tournament champions.

The tournament was contested by eight teams from Kenya, Tanzania, and Zanzibar.
Gor Mahia’s Ugandan import Meddie Kagere got the Golden Boot award after ending the tournament with three goals.

Custodian Fredrick Odhiambo won the Golden Glove award after he ended the tournament with a clean sheet.
Timothy Otieno, Oliver Maloba, and John Ndirangu found the back of the net for Gor Mahia in the second half after a barren opening half.

Otieno embarked on a solo move before releasing a screamer to give Gor Mahia the first goal in the 59th minute.
Then Maloba converted a George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo cross in the 75th minute after he was set free by Francis Kahata while Ndirangu slotted in his only goal of the tournament in the 91st minute.

“This a great honour for me. I still can’t believe that I did not conceded a goal in this tournament,” goalkeeper Odhiambo said.

Kagere said he gave his all despite fasting during this religious period and that he was honoured to be the best and top scorer of the tournament.

Gor’s head coach Ze Maria, fresh from holiday in his native Brazil, thanked his assistant, Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno, for leading his charges to the finals in his absence.

Otieno said he believed they would triumph after going through the statistics, which he said favoured them.

“Statistics don’t lie. I knew this final was ours to lose after we won all our games without conceding a goal,” said Zico.

He added: “I used our young players in this tournament to give them exposure. I thought our opponents would give us a run for our money this time round, but this did not materialise.”

Newly engaged AFC head coach Dorian Marin from Romania conceded defeat, but pledged to build a stronger team once he settles in the job.

A Fresh Track Laid down atb MISC for IAAF World Under 18 Championships Nairobi 2017


After a slight delay to the installation of the new synthetic track at the MISC stadium due to the material being stuck in customs, work is now well under way and the LOC is confident the tracks will be ready in time for the championships dated 12-16 July next week. The LOC is also working to implement the necessary security measures to deliver a safe and secure environment for the athletes.

The IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017 will be the first global track and field championships to be held in Kenya. It will also be the final edition of the World U18 Championships as the IAAF’s focus will shift towards driving regional and continental competitions.

H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta officially launches the construction of nyeri rungiru stadium


President Uhuru Kenyatta today this evening wrapped up his tour of Nyeri County by launching the construction of the historic Ruringu Stadium.

President Kenyatta said the construction of the stadium is expected to be completed in six months time after which residents will be able to enjoy the services of a modern stadium.
The national Government is revamping the stadium at a cost of Kshs 250 million.
“Once completed, the stadium will help nurture the talents and sporting skills of the youth in this county,” President Kenyatta said.
The President spoke on Thursday when he addressed a huge public rally in Nyeri town after launching the rehabilitation of the historic Ruringu Stadium.

Earlier in the year,Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti on Friday had already confirmed that work on the stadium had already began together with other counties like Tharaka Nithi Marsabit, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kiambu, Makueni and Uasin Gishu to fulfill the government’s pledge.In the 2015 Budget, Cabinet Secretary for Treasury Henry Rotich had allocated Sports Kenya Sh1.8 billion towards financing construction of six the stadiums.

“We have begun the process because the right infrastructure plays a great role in talent development. We will be employing the sports officers who previous worked with the department of sports to help start sports programme in every county. We will recruit more technical and professional staff and work closely with sports federations to ensure this mandate is fulfilled.”Said Mr.Muteti.

Sports Kenya will also partner with the Kenya Academy of sports to ensure that elite sports men and women selected into national teams get the right training and exposure so that they do well in international competitions.

sportskenya partners with St.Andrew to host a charity Golf Challenge at Muthaiga Golf Club


Sports Kenya and Nairobi St.Andrew PCEA have partnered to sponsor a charity tournament whose aim will be to raise money to support various children's homes and schools.Among the homes and schools that will directly benefit from this weekend event are Hawa,Tumaini childrens Home and ISARI secondary school. The event whose motto is "ENJOY GOLF-TOUCH A LIFE" will take place at Muthaiga golf club on the 24th of June.

Greyling stars in Sports Kenya St. Leger Horseracing at Ngong Racecourse and golf club


Johannes Greyling was the star of the show at the Ngong Racecourse as he dominated two races at the Sports Kenya St. Leger to clinch the main race crown.

Greyling cruised to victory in his second race of the day jockeying Eagle Bay. Eagle Bay broke well from her outside stall, settling near mid-pack for Splendid as Eagle Bay gunned out for the early lead.
As the field approached the far turn, Eagle Bay was again threatened by Splendid but it was Glascote who was steadily approaching on the far outside after a three-wide run.
Greyling, however, managed to hold on to the lead as they approached the finish line to secure his first win of the day after he faltered in the first race dubbed ‘The Nyayo Stadium Terms’ finishing a fraction of a second behind Patrick Ngugi who went on to win the race.

In the fourth race, Greyling jockeying the dreaded Iced Waterfall fell short of victory as he came in second behind J. Muhindi who dominated the race from start breaking well from his inside stall.

Greyling was at it again this time in the 2800 main race of the day. The Jockey, on in form Hawker Fury stallion broke well from his stall beating off main rival AS Paragon.

Though he was still three lengths from the lead near the head of the lane, Hawker Fury never panicked, first swallowing up As paragon with a near 7 foot length. He then pointed School of Rock at her next target and with a perfectly-timed steady ride, Greyling guided his mare on to the front for a maiden Victory.

Speaking during the Event, Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti who had earlier on clinched victory when his horse Santorini stormed to victory in ‘ The County Stadia Maiden Race’ said there are plans to expand the sport as they seek to make the Sports Kenya St. Leger Day an annual event.
“This is the inaugural edition of Sports Kenya Leger and we want to make it as memorable as it can possibly be and we will keep sponsoring such sporting events,” Said Mutetei.

Justin Mburu Powers Hawker Fury to claim a tipple crown at sports Kenya St. Leger


Potency poured out of Hawker Fury like a pneumatic drill.

He simply sashayed past School of Rock to robustly cushion the Sports Kenya St Leger at Ngong.

Laden with the purest evidence of superior class, interpretation of this race was that Heni Greyling was insulated from any worries, sitting behind School of Rock
until he decided to make a clean break.

Consequently, Justin Mburu's elaborately composed Hawker Fury, is now the Triple Crowner of Ngong.

Trained by Onesmus Mutua, all networks must wallow in the sheer moment of ecstasy, to allow the final Classic to sink in.

Mutua did not rest on any laurels.

He also delivered Eagle Bay and Santorini as a hat-trick.

Elsewhere, Navy Seal (Richard Kibet), neatly documented the Nyayo Stadium Nakuru Champion Stakes from Busselton, but others were only sighted as distant fodder.

Don't you just love the names of ownership - Galloping Geriatrics!

Oliver Gray, Joe Muya, and, Steve Njuguna, must be mentioned, in order that their wins are not faded out by Hawker Fury euphoria.


12.30 pm - First Race - Nyayo Stadium Nakuru Champion Stakes (1,400m)

1. Navy Seal (Richard Kibet) Mambi in Seattle-Pearl River

2. Busselton (Charles Mwangi)

3. Bulawayo (Heni Greyling)

4. Stormaway (Protus Ngugi)

Distance: 2.4/8/8/8. Time: 1:28:1/10 secs. Favourite: Winner 5-4. Runners: 5

Owned by The Galloping Geriatrics. Trainer Patsy Sercombe

1.00 pm - Second Race - County Stadium Maiden (1,000)

1. Santorini (Protus Ngugi)

2. French Ruby (Daniel Tanui)

3. Ione (Daniel Ombati)

Distance: 1.5/2/7/half. Time: 1:30:00 secs. Favourite: Winner 1-9. Runners: 6

Owned by F. Muteti. Trainer Onesmus Mutua

1.40 pm - Third Race - Nyayo Swimming Complex Maiden (1,000m)

1. Eagle Bay (Heni Greyling)

2. Splendid (Charles Mwangi)

3. Glascote Rose (Henry Muya)

Distance: 7/8/4.4/7. Time: 3:00:7/10 secs. Favourite: Winner7-4. Runners: 6

Owned by Justin Mburu. Trainer Onesmus Mutua

2.15 pm - Fourth Race - Stadion Hotel Handicap (1,600m)

1. Marshall Murphy (James Muhindi)

2. Iced Waterfall (Heni Greyling)

3. April's Song (Henry Muya)

Kijana withdrawn under Veterinary Certificate Distance: 2/1.5/4.75/8. Time: 1:43:1/10 secs. Favourite: Iced Waterfall. Runners: 5

Owned by N. Patel. Trainer Oliver Gray

2.50 pm - Fifth Race - The Sports Kenya St Leger (2,800m)

1. Hawker Fury (Heni Greyling) Royal Air Force-Early Spring

2. School of Rock (Patrick Mungai)

3. As Paragon (Julie McCann)
4. King of Oxted (Protus Ngugi)
5. Tenby (Richard Kibet)

Distance: 0.75/short-head/5.5/1.5. Time: 3:16:6/10 secs. Favorite: Winner 5-4. Runners: 5

Owned by Juston Mburu. Trainer Onesmus Mutua

3.25 pm - Sixth Race - Kasarani Aquatic Centre Handicap (2,060m)

1. Saclan (Richard Kibet)

2. Tuff Cookie (Henry Muya)

3. Monash (Jacob Lokorian)

Distance: head/3/half/0.75. Time: 2:13:7/10 secs. Favourite: Nothing specific. Runners: 10

Owned by Joe Muya and R. Muigai. Trainer Joe Muya

4.00 pm - Seventh Race - Kasarani Indoor Arena Handicap Jardine Lafitte Trophy (1,400m)

1. South Lodge (Jacob Lokorian) Secret War-Risky Business

2. Dreamliner (Peter Mithamo)

3. Romeo Foxtrot (Protus Ngugi)

4. Shakara Man (Charles Kimani)

Distance: Time: 1:27:7/10 secs. Favourite: Nothing specific. Runners: 8

Owned by Mary Binks and B. Helander. Trainer Steve Njuguna

4.35 pm - Eighth Race - Kasarani Stadium Handicap (2,060m)

1. River King (Patrick Mungai)

2. Notorious (Heni Greyling)

3. Milou (Jacob Lokorian)

Distance: half/8/2.5/2.75. Time: 2:10:6/10 secs. Favourite: Notorious. Runners: 6

Owned by I. Rowe, W. Kilburn, and, S. Grantham. Trainer Oliver Gray

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